Martin (used, 1955) 5-18 Terz Acoustic Guitar

Tag No 32-4192 Used

#141687, in very good condition with the original chipboard case.

11” at the lower bout, this 12- fret acoustic has a spruce top with mahogany sides, tortoise color binding top and back, an unbound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, tortoise shell pick guard, and dot inlays and 6 white markers on the bass side starting at 3rd. The headstock overlay is Brazilian rosewood and bears the old style gold matte C F Martin & Co., Est. 1833 logo. 

Guitars were offered from the Martin Company in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, with the largest (size 1) measuring 12.75″ wide and the smallest being the size 5 terz.   The “5” is sometimes called a “Terz” because it was designed to be tuned a minor 3rd (three steps) higher than standard pitch and suitable for solo performances and harmony work.  The action on this guitar is a little high, but plays very easily with light gauge silk & steel strings.  

The condition is what we call “very good” because it shows pick wear on the upper bout bass side, along with assorted dings, scuffs, scratches and finish checking on the body along with scratches along the back of the neck.  We also note that there is some fret wear on the G, B and E strings in the first position.  The talented fellows in our repair shop have glued two top cracks: one in the usual spot between the pickguard and the bridge and the other along the center seam, on the lower bout. 

For those who are seeking something hard to find and collectible, in a great sounding acoustic instrument that measures only 33 ” in total length, 16” in body length, with a 1-5/8" nut width which, when played even lightly, fills the room with melody, this is offered at a really reasonable price:

Our price is $2,300.00.

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